Figure skating is like ballet with more speed. At its upper levels it is, at least. For a group like Slave Lake’s Lakeside Figure Skating Club, it ranges from four-year-olds just learning how to stand up and move a bit on blades, to seniors doing graceful leaps and spins.
Mostly they do it out of the public eye, but once at the end of each season they put on a big show. This year’s was on March 11 and probably the biggest crowd to see any kind of event of the winter season packed the place. They saw 70 of the club members performing various group and individual routines, to the theme ‘When I Grow Up I Wanna Be….’
Also skating as a special guest was Aislinn Ganci of Sherwood Park.
Head coach Jennifer Dierker says it was a year of growth for the club, with just over 100 skaters registered.
“A lot of hard work has gone into this season,” she says. “The skaters have worked toward their goals and have celebrated some successes.”
And not only the skaters. All the coaches became certified CanPowerSkate coaches during the season.
New programs this season were PreCanPower and CanPower skating courses. Also new, Dierker says, was a skating program for adults. The CanSkate program was at capacity this year.